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Riverside School Board eliminates two members

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Riverside School Board members reduced the number of directors by two at last week's February school board meeting. Members drew straws to determine who would be eliminated from the school board.

Two positions, one from Lake City and one from Caraway, were eliminated in order for the board to be in compliance with a 2000 state law mandated that school boards have no more than seven members. The Riverside board had eight.

Superintendent Larry Nowlin said the law was passed in 2000 with some exemptions for consolidated schools.

"We filed all of the proper paper work with the Arkansas Education Department (AED) and thought we were in compliance but two years later, we were informed that we had to reduce the number to at least seven. To be fair, we eliminated two positions, one from Caraway and one from Lake City," Nowlin said.

Caraway board member Kenny Weathers drew the losing straw, but Caraway board member, Hunter Miller, volunteered to take his place.

Director Tracy Smith was the recipient of the short straw for Lake City board members.

Prior to eliminating the board positions, directors heard from Riverside Superintendent Larry Nowlin on options directors could take to bring the district into compliance with the state Supreme Court mandate that all school districts have 25 mills of property tax dedicated for maintenance and operation.

School board members too no action on the matter at this time.

In other business:

*Board members approved participation in the countywide Alternative Learning Center.

*Decided not to renew earthquake insurance.

*Approved the purchase of a new telephone system for the high school campus.

*Renewed contracts for all principals.

*Now informed the board that the district had received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that will be used to construct a safe room in Caraway.

*Approved a gifted and talented student field trip to the Space Center in Huntsville, Ala.



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